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Summary:
After Tensa Zangetsu rips out Ichigo’s hollow form from his chest, he explains that the mask his hollow form is wearing is the form he used to defeat Ulquiorra. They then merge into one and attack Ichigo together. He has trouble fighting against their combined power, but resolves the force the “Final Getsuga Tenshou” out of him to protect his friends. With his newfound willpower, he attacks viciously, but outside, Isshin is beginning to get exhausted.

In Karakura Town, Kuugo and Tatsuki encounter Aizen and Gin, and Tatsuki is trapped by their reaitsu. Don Kanonji suddenly appears and attacks Aizen, but Tatsuki tells him to leave. Kanonji refuses to run however and attacks Aizen again, only to be saved by Matsumoto. She tells Kanonji to take the girls and leave, and she stays behin. Gin takes her away to another part of town, and Matsumoto asks him why he betrayed them to work under Aizen. However Gin stabs her with her sword then leaves. Tatsuki and Kuugo continue to flee and the latter picks up a katana, but Aizen closes in on them.

 

Preview

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Impressions:
As the series finally returns to the main storyline, it also loads up a lot of action, and this episode developed pretty quickly as Ichigo continues his battle for power-ups routine. The course of the fight was very predictable as usual, with Ichigo building up resolve through the need to protect his friends then suddenly becoming stronger to defeat his opponent. I think his fight really symbolizes his inner struggles and is literally a manifestation of what’s inside him. Tensa Zangetsu merging with SSJ3 Hollow Ichigo (his two most powerful abilities) was pretty cool too but his hyper aggressive behavior makes me worry what would happen if Ichigo really got killed in his inner world; I suppose his antagonistic attitude is really just for the good of Ichigo and his methods are his own way of expressing that.

As for Don Kanonji showing up to save Tatsuki and her friends, he just ended up as an annoying bitch and got some well deserved hits from Matsumoto and Tatsuki. There is a fine line between heroism and idiocy. Speaking of Matsumoto, she finally gets to meet Gin again but unfortunately gets taken out immediately. However their interaction did reveal some friction between Aizen and Gin, and the preview gives some bit hints at what is going to happen next. While this episode wasn’t exactly terrible, the fact that the manga material wasn’t too good is making me more apathetic towards the anime.

January 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm
18 comments »
  • January 28, 2011 at 8:47 pmHoshi Akari

    The end of the battle Ichigo and Zangetsu/Hollow form is one of the few things that catched my attencion. Let’s hope that they give it the treatment that deserves.

  • January 28, 2011 at 8:51 pmrasone0104

    Well at least the crappy fillers are over.
    I can’t wait to see next weeks ep.
    I hope they show humanitys ingenuity XD.

  • January 28, 2011 at 8:52 pmBlakWngz89

    Man there was a time when bleach was at the top of my list. As soon as they set foot in hueco mundo, its like it began to start killing me softly its left me not caring as much for the rest of the plot its just something to read and kill a few minutes now.

    • January 29, 2011 at 10:22 pmLOL

      im with u on that man… the time when bleach was the best thing around~ miss those times

  • January 28, 2011 at 8:53 pmKarmafan

    They switched back and forth between the 2 story lines way too much. Stay in 1 storyline for more then 30 secs before you switch to the other one.

  • January 28, 2011 at 8:53 pmMeer

    So glad we’re out of the fillers and that the ball is rolling again. Excited for next week :D

  • January 28, 2011 at 8:53 pmAshen

    Both Naruto and Bleach’s stories are getting so convoluted, drawn-out, rehashed, and reconned I just don’t know how much longer I can make myself CARE.

    I mean, this is really sad. I should be giddy over new material being anime-ted and for the newest volumes speeding out to print, but instead… it’s just so exhausting to keep everything straight within those 2 worlds, y’know? I hate to say it… but I think it’s very likely I’m running out of steam to chase after these juggernauts for much longer. ;_;

  • January 28, 2011 at 9:40 pmrandom viewer

    Well that answers my question from last episode’s post. Yeah it was pretty awesome (time saving) to see that they merged two strong opponents to fight Ichigo instead of prolonging two “one versus one” battles. But still nothing new to the training routine he takes on. When Tensa merged with Hollow-like Ichigo I thought now he looks like Ulquiorra. I couldn’t take the Rangiku “tradegy” too serious in this episode because of last weeks filler. i.e., When it looked like Gin was going for Rangiku’s breasts…umm I mean necklace, I thought he was going to get killed by her. Then, you know screen blackens and what not. Aside that, I hope she’s still alive (given the opening shows her importance…more screen time). I’m glad it’s not a filler pause next week.

  • January 28, 2011 at 10:11 pmlzanagi

    When Tensa Zangestsu said Ulquiorra Shifar, I was like “He had a last name?” lol

  • January 28, 2011 at 10:26 pmGuardian

    Really feels like you’re getting bitter about this one Prooof …

    It seems to me you were much less cranky when this part in the manga rolled around. I’m just thrilled to see the manga material back again.

  • January 28, 2011 at 11:05 pmSilivious

    Well…Gin’s time comes next. =/

  • January 29, 2011 at 4:02 amSilentmanX

  • January 29, 2011 at 11:50 amOtaku_Brawler

    Yes, finally! No more fillers for Bleach and next week there are no more fillers for Naruto Shippuden as well. :) I am so happy!

    • February 4, 2011 at 4:16 pmAlex Dino

      You poor Otaku, you have no idea whats in store for you…

  • January 29, 2011 at 1:06 pmGimpyhair

    With this epic picture http://randomc.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20306%20-%20Large%20Preview%2003.jpg , I can’t wait for the next episode :)

  • January 30, 2011 at 3:47 amgawrshness

    more misplaced comic relief…

  • January 31, 2011 at 3:06 pmMisty17

    Ichigo is so *HOT!!*

  • January 31, 2011 at 7:51 pmartanis066

    It was worth it to see Gin’s wtf face when Don Kanonji showed up. I wish you would have grabbed a picture of that lol